The 2015 Nepal Earthquake

May the well-being of all people be protected. May all the worlds become happy.
Oṁ peace, peace, peace.

On April 25, 2015 9,000 people lost their lives, a further 23,000 were injured and there was major destruction of homes infrastructure. The earthquake resulted in more than 5,000 schools being damaged or completely destroyed. On May 12, 2015, a second 7.3 earthquake struck the country, causing further devastation and loss of lives.

— All Hands and Hearts

Om Avighnam astu (may there be no hindrance)

It goes without saying that the world goes through tremendous amounts of disasters, natural and artificial. In Daniela Papi’s article, the issue of orphanage and volunteers for the relief of orphans (i.e. orphanage tourism) in Cambodia was discussed. This has led to think whether or not such related issues are present in Nepal. However, the common theme of volunteering is the pitch and tone in which I will be talking about in this post.

Nepal went through a terrible earthquake in 2015 that resulted in a clear a humanitarian crises. Since then, relief efforts have been sent to help these people. However, it would be wise to consider the approach on how to help.×660.jpg

For although I might not have the necessary skills, knowledge, or connection to contribute directly to the people in need, I am able contribute my funds to trusted organisations that will indeed know best on how to manage the situation and help with rebuilding Nepal, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Logo of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Due to the fact that I am not from Nepal nor have I ever stepped foot into the country, I believe the best way for me to contribute will be to local organisations directly who would know best on how to navigate the social norms. The last thing I want to do is transform my assistance and donation into colonial-style crusade of liberation of social ‘injustices’ like women’s rights and breaking the traditional norms. It is best of the local people decide on what to do. Alternatively I can do something like donating bricks for the sole purpose of rebuilding and not have the money misplaced.

This I believe is meaningful international engagement as it is part of a relief effort whilst also being respectful of the possible conservative culture that might be present.

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